June 28, 2005: So far there’s been no word as to the results of Mark’s MRI, which hopefully means it wasn’t something severe. Fitzgerald is also holding off on naming the Cup squad to see whether Mark or Arthurs has the better fitness level.
June 23, 2005: It’s possible that there’s more injury bad news coming Mark’s way. After a night of sleep Mark was having trouble stretching out his right ankle. He was scheduled for an MRI late today to see if there was any ligament damange, but so far there’s been no update. Latest reports say that Mark is hoping to get a wild card for the Masters event in Los Angeles, though he might also apply for one in Indianapolis in mid-July as well. One article estimates that the early round loss is going to send Mark pluning to around 210 in the rankings.
June 22, 2005: Unfortunately that ol’ Wimbledon magic just didn’t last for Mark. Today he lost 6-7 (4-7), 6-7 (4-7), 4-6 to Safin. Mark had chances, but was unable to convert any of his break point opportunities. In addition he received treatment on his ankle after the first set and seemed a bit tentative on it after. Media update to come later.
June 20, 2005: There’s some magic in that Wimbledon grass, at least for Mark Philippoussis. Showing some of that natural grass talent, Mark defeated Beck 7-5, 6-4, 6-2. The match started off a little slow for Mark but he soon found his rhythm and got that big serve and those booming ground strokes firing. He even showed some of that great skill at net. Mark has Tuesday off and will face off against Safin on Wednesday. And it’s amazing what winning a few matches can do for your rankings. After last week’s wins Mark jumped 41 places to 101 in the Champions Race and up 4 6 places to 142 in the Entry Rankings. Still a long way to go, but it’s nice to see those numbers moving upwards again!
June 19, 2005: Mark’s Wimbledon run begins Monday with his match against Beck being the fourth match of the day on Court 2. Here’s wishing Mark a good run! Mark is also the latest celebrity to be featured in the Ardmona Rich and Thick chopped tomatos ad campaign. The ad features an old photo, but still a good one.
June 18, 2005: On Friday Mark continued his winning ways by defeating Sanguinetti 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (7-2) to advance to the semifinals. Unfortunately today he lost 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-5), 3-6 to Lorda, the defending champion at the Ordina Open. It was a tight match until Mark lost serve in the third set and couldn’t convert it back. But fans should take heart that it’s probably a good thing that Mark didn’t advance again as now he has a short breather before starting Wimbledon. On-site reports indicate that Mark’s game improved with each match and that he’s showing some very aggressive net serve and volley tennis.
June 16, 2005: It’s a streak breaker! Mark won today 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-2) over Garcia-Lopez breaking a streak that goes all the way back to last year’s Wimbledon! It’s the first time since then that he’s won two singles matches at the same tournament! Mark wasn’t at his best today, but he held it together to advance. Next up is David Sanguinetti. The Wimbledon draw also came out today and Mark will play Beck in the first round with a potential match-up against Safin in the second round. You can see the full draw on the Wimbledon website.
June 14, 2005: Mark managed to hold it together today to win over Rochus 6-3, 7-6 (10-8). He’s taking some anti-infammatories for his back and they’re making him slightly nauseaus, which is affecting his game. His serve is firing though, and he’s hoping that the match play will help the back and get him in form for Wimbledon. And for the first time in weeks there’s positive upward movement in Mark’s rankings!
June 11, 2005: In an attempt to get some more match play prior to Wimbledon, Mark accepted a last minute place in the Ordina Open in the Netherlands next week. He’ll start off against Christophe Rochus. Interestingly, Mark’s only played him twice, both times earlier this year on hardcourt, they’ve each won once. (Thanks to Mars for the tournament news)
June 9, 2005: Mark’s winning streak didn’t carry on yesterday, with a 2-6, 4-6 loss to Roddick in round two and then a 6-4, 3-6, 4-6 loss to Grosjean and Mirny in the doubles. Post match Roddick was very complimentary of Mark saying that no one should count him out at Wimbledon as he was a formidable foe on grass. Lots of photos from Queens added.
June 7, 2005 pm: Media update from Queen’s. Reueters reported that Mark left California for grass courts in Miami a month before coming to Europe. He also made a deal with himself to pack up the surfboards for a few years to focus on the tennis, saying that he’s found peace of mind and doesn’t need the escape of surfing to cope anymore.
June 7, 2005: Mark’s doubles match turned out to be just what he needed to warmup as today he flattened Sluiter 6-4, 6-0 in a mere 62 minutes. Next up for Mark is a challenging match against Andy Roddick, against whom he’s never played. Should be a match between two big servers. Media update to follow.
June 6, 2005: Double good news! Philippoussis and Hewitt won their first round doubles match against Leach and Palmer 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Both players looked a bit rusty from their lack of match play (Hewitt has been recovering from broken ribs), but started showing some good form in the second and third sets. Mark is happy to have gotten some match play before his singles round tomorrow. But the really good news of the day is the All England Club granted Mark a wildcard into Wimbledon!
June 5, 2005: The draw has been announced for Queen’s Club and Mark will face Raemn Sluiter in the first round, though he isn’t expected to play his match til Tuesday. In addition he and Hewitt received a wildcard to play doubles together and they’ll play on Monday against Leach & Parrott. Keep your fingers crossed as tomorrow the All England Club awards it’s wildcards.